|2016 WV Trilogy finishers|
As 2016 comes to a close, I am again filled with gratitude. I am grateful for every step of the year. The balance between life and running continues to be hard to maintain -- actually it's getting significantly harder. With the addition of our second son in September, life has seemed to speed up that much more.
|Finishing the Canary in the Cave 25K++ with Michael Bee|
Total: 39,243 Miles
Racing Plans for 2017: Again, the goal and dream of running Western States must wait another year. No luck in the lottery for the fifth time in a row -- and two other times prior to 2011. I know it is not the be-all and end-all of races, but it has been a dream every since I watched the film Running Madness back in '02/'03.
I still find great satisfaction and motivation in training and running 100-mile events. Oddly enough it's the overall training process that I really love. I really enjoy the focus and dedication that these events demand.
I am planning on focusing on running Massanutten again in 2017. I feel like I still have some unfinished business on that course. It was my first 100-miler in 2008 and continues to be my overall 100-mile PR of 21:37. I am going to focus on surpassing that mark 9-years later. I have no idea if it's even possible, but I'm sure going to give it my best. In preparation for Massanutten, I hope to do the Catawba Run Around route, Haulin' in the Holler 50K, and a double North Fork Mtn Trail. After MMT, maybe a fast-pack in July and the Iron Mtn 50 in September to round out the year (?).
Happy New Year everyone . . . here's to a healthy, happy, 2017 that is full of adventure!